A business owner took his complaint against Data Register Pte Ltd to the press after finding out the company was previously embroiled in numerous cheating cases. This time round, Data Register Pte Ltd actually sent a debt collection letter to a debt collector company. The debt collection company has since reported to the police.
In January 2014, Data Register Pte Ltd faced 78 charges for offences under the Companies Act. Data Register has previously mis-used the Singapore Lion logo in spam letters sent to random Singapore companies asking them to “register” and pay a S$490 registration fee and verifying their company details. Its modus operandi is to sign off as “Deputy Director of Information Services” and feigning legitimacy by using the domain name “companyregister.sg”:
The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) then issued two public alerts on the scam tactics of Data Register Pte Ltd in 2013 and 2014, stating that ACRA has no links to Data Register.
It is not understood why Data Register Pte Ltd still exists and have not been forced to shut down by the Singapore authorities, which is more efficient than issuing public alerts. It is unknown how many companies have unwittingly paid Data Register by mistaking them for ACRA.